Palmyra dominates to win CCC championship

Posted: Apr. 26, 2017 4:00 pm

The Palmyra golf team put in another day at the office Wednesday to claim the Clarence Cannon Conference championship at Norwoods Golf Club.

Senior Noah Wilson shot an even 72 to earn CCC medalist honors for the third time in his career. 

Laithan Sublette (77) and Lane Hammond (79) followed Wilson to claim first-team honors with top 3 individual finishes. Landon Merkel shot an 87 to earn second-team honors. 

Palmyra shot a team score of 315, while second-place Macon totaled 364 and third-place Centralia finished at 368.

"We had four really good scores," Palmyra coach Marty Smyser said. "We had four guys under 90. Anytime you do that you've got to feel like you've got a good chance of being in a good place at the end of the round." 

Wilson shot 1-under on the front nine and 1-over on the back to produce his even round.

"I didn't really hit many fairways like I have been during the past couple times," he said, "but I'm happy with a 72. I know I can shoot under if I played alright, but I'll take it."

The three-time state qualifier, who also finished as the conference's top golfer as a freshman and junior, can maintain that claim.

Yet Wilson's focus is pinned on his team.

"I'm not too worried about the individual," he said. "I just worry about the team. Last year we probably should have went to state but fell a little bit short. But hopefully this year we can get a district championship and get out of sectionals." 

Blake Elsberry (88) was the top finisher for Monroe City, which placed sixth with a team score of 419.

Elsberry, who landed on the second-team, sees room for personal improvement before the district tournament next week. 

"I couldn't keep the ball on the fairway and it seemed like when I got around the greens, I just fell apart," Elsberry said. "But 88 is a good score for that, I guess."

Danny Dennison (97) carded the next-best score for Monroe City and was an honorable mention.

"I felt pretty relieved just because that's probably one of the best scores through 18 holes that I've had all year," Dennison said.

Caitlin Saunders (115) and Mason Reyes (119) rounded out the Monroe City squad. 

"Getting two on the all-conference team was nice," Monroe City coach Rod Galloway said. "We're happy there. Overall, it was another good day."

Palmyra and Monroe City are in action again Monday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton for the Class 2 District 6 tournament.

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